Free And Cheap London Events: 16-22 March 2015

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Free And Cheap London Events: 16-22 March 2015

Interesting and unusual things to do for a fiver or less this week, sponsored by CommuterClub.

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Free Film Festivals comes to Camberwell. Photo: John Yabrifa Photography 2014

STRANGE CREATURES: Grant Museum of Zoology's new exhibition, Strange Creatures, explores the world of animal representations and centres on the painting of a kangaroo by George Stubbs — Europe’s first image of an Australian animal. Free, 16 March-27 June

ARCADE GAMES: Why not try out Novelty Automation, a new Covent Garden funfair with arcade games that are the handiwork of engineer and cartoonist Tim Hunkin, and his fellow inventors? Free entry, coins needed to play, open Wednesday-Saturday

FREE FILMS: Camberwell Free Film Festival kicks off this week, screening films and documentaries in locations such as pubs, cafes and schools. 19-29 March

TROPHY HUNTING: Oxford House Gallery in Bethnal Green hosts a wildlife photography exhibition by Marta Ariza, focusing on the canned hunting industry in South Africa, ahead of her documentary film, Death For A Trophy. Free, just turn up, until 31 March

Monday 16 March

CULTURAL MISFITS: Gresham College hosts a lecture at Museum of London about gender misfits in 20th century literature.  Free, just turn up, 1pm

LAYDEEZ DO COMICS: The monthly female-led graphic novel forum is back at Foyles on Charing Cross Road. Tonight's guests are comic artists Karrie Fransman, Liesl and John Swogger, and Owen Pomery. Men and women welcome. Free, prebook, 6pm

MARINE WILDLIFE: Café Scientifique at the Royal Society is led by Emma Carroll, who studies the behaviour and gene patterns of marine animals. Populations of marine animals, like whales and dolphins, rely on the transmission of behaviours from their parents and peers, and localised extinction can make the passing on of this knowledge difficult. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Pushkin House in Bloomsbury Square, the home of Russian culture in London, screens Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 film Battleship Potemkin, which focuses on a naval mutiny in the Black Sea during the 1905 revolution. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

COMEDY: Lou Sanders and Jessica Fostekew are working out new material at Aces and Eights in Tufnell Park. Two hours of comedy, but because there might be some referring to notes and stuff, it’s all for nowt. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

Tuesday 17 March

SHOREDITCH FESTIVAL: Music for Youth’s London Rock, Pop and Urban Regional Festival plays at Rich Mix in Shoreditch. Ten bands from the local area will perform. Free, 5pm

WAR POLITICS: At the Museum of London, Gresham College hosts a lecture about the reasons for the radical political changes that made the First World War the seminal catastrophe of 20th century Europe. Free, just turn up, 6pm

BIOETHICS: Nuffield Council of Bioethics' annual public lecture sees Dr Amy Gutmann in conversation with science writer Dr Geoff Watts about ethics and public policy, democracy and education. Takes place at the British Library. Free, prebook, 6pm

LIBRARY TOUR: Take a free guided tour of Bishopsgate Institute's Library, led by Stefan Dickers, the Institute's Library and Archives Manager. Find out more about its history and the collections relating to the history of London. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

TEMPLAR POETRY: Head to Keats House in Hampstead to hear poetry from Kim Lasky's pamphlet Eclipse and Mark Fiddes's The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre. Free, prebook, 7pm

LONDON WITHOUT ANTIBIOTICS: The British Science Association is at Conway Hall in Holborn where a panel of experts and opinion-formers discuss one of the biggest threats to society — antibiotic resistance. Free, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY: Pay what you want at this fundraiser for the PBH Free Fringe at Star of Kings. Comedians on the bill include Liam Williams, Mike Wozniak, Lou Sanders, Ed Aczel and more. Free/donation, just turn up, 7.30pm

Wednesday 18 March


THEATRE PLATFORM: At today's National Theatre Platform, director Nadia Fall and adapter Tanya Ronder talk about bringing their production of Dara to the National Theatre stage. £4/£3, prebook, 6pm

AUTHOR TALK: Author Evie Wyld is at Dulwich Books to chat with Laura Barnett about her writing, her book and winning the European Book Award for her novel All The Birds, Singing. Free, prebook, 7pm

TV HISTORY: Islington History Society hosts TV producer and director David Wilson, who will be talking and showing film clips about making history programmes for TV. Free for members/£1 for non-members, just turn up, 7.30pm

MARCH BAND: The Trans-Siberian March Band, a London-based Balkan Brass Band, is back at Rich Mix for an evening of flamboyant, high-energy performances. Supported by soul and funk band Soul Tubes. Free, just turn up, 8pm

COMEDY: Comedian Huw Joseph performs at Drink Shop Do, previewing his show Songs That Will Never Leave My Bedroom, before taking it to Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April. Free, from 8pm

BINGO CLUB: Head to Number 90 Bar for Hackney Bingo Club — you know the rules. £1 per card, just turn up, 8pm

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Thursday 19 March

VET COLLEGE: The Royal Veterinary College in Camden is open late for an evening of science, with focus on reproduction. Meet RVC scientists who are pioneers in the field of animal reproduction and hear from London Zoo vets about contraception for exotic animals. Free, prebook, 5.30pm

PENNY LECTURE: Morley College's Penny Lecture series continues with a talk by feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez about whether feminist representation matters. 1p, just turn up, 6.30pm

IS SHAME NECESSARY?: Jennifer Jacquet comes over from New York University to present the themes of her excellent new book, Is Shame Necessary?, at Second Home in Shoreditch. Free, prebook, 7pm

PUBLISHING CONFERENCE: London College of Communication runs a Publishing Innovation Conference, focusing on how stories are told to different audiences today. Free, prebook, 4pm-8pm

POETRY: Head to King's College for an evening of poetry and climate change with David Harsent and Rachel McCarthy, chaired by Ruth Padel. Free, prebook, 7pm

TATTOO PARLOUR: Design, draw and make your own transfer tattoos while sipping on cocktails at Drink Shop Do. Free, from 7pm

QUESTION TIME: People's Question Time comes to Wood Green, giving Londoners the chance to question the Mayor and the London Assembly and find out about their plans and priorities for the city. Free, prebook, 7pm

Get a temporary tattoo at Drink Shop Do

Friday 20 March

MORLEY MORSELS: Morley College hosts an open day with free one-hour taster sessions in activities such as ballet, sound engineering and massage. Free, prebook, 10.30am-7pm

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: The weekly lunchtime concert at Bishopsgate Institute features Sarah-Jane Bradley on viola and John Lenehan on piano. Free, just turn up, 1.05pm

MUSIC FOR DEVELOPMENT: Tagore singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya is at Rich Mix to perform her songs and talk about Music for Development, a Shurer Dhara programme which brings music education to impoverished slum children of Dhaka. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Saturday 21 March

FENDER GUITARS: Interested in taking up the electric or acoustic guitar, bass guitar or ukulele? Head to Southbank Centre where you can have a free introductory lesson on a Fender guitar. Free, prebook, 10am/2pm

DOUBLE THEATRE: There's a double dose of theatre at Rich Mix. Fade to Black is the story of two toilet attendants in Woolwich in the wake of Lee Rigby's murder. Counting Stars is a darkly funny urban fairytale. Free, 1pm

SCI-FI: Science Fiction Theatre is at Deptford Cinema for a screening of Fantastic Planet (1973). £4/£5, just turn up, 7pm

Learn to play guitar at Southbank Centre

Sunday 22 March

FREEDOM WEEK: Rich Mix celebrates the independence of Bangladesh through music, dance and photographic display. Free, 2pm

TOWER TOUR: Celebrating the centenary of the addition of the tower to Christ Church in Erith, there's a chance to take a tour of the tower and see a special exhibition. Free, just turn up, 3pm-5pm

CHANGING BRITAIN: Southbank Centre hosts the second of two sets of short talks focusing on the key ideas behind Changing Britain festival, surveying the political and cultural scene from the early 1980s through to the present day. Free, prebook, 4pm

Check out our map of free things to do in London for more frugal fun.

Last Updated 15 March 2015